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Underground Sewer Scope / Video Inspections

Are You Experiencing

  1. Repeated pipe backups or clogged lines underground?
  2. Sewer fumes and gasses?
  3. Excessive cockroaches?
  4. Wet areas under the floor?
  5. Recurring termites?

The Problem – Old Cast Iron Pipes Under The Slab

Broken cast iron drains before pipe lining in Miami

Broken cast iron drains before pipe lining in Miami

Homes built before 1972 have cast iron drains under the slab. These drains have a maximum lifespan of around 50 years. At that stage, the rusted pipe develops a crack along the bottom due to corrosion. As the crack widens, debris gets caught on the serrated edges which causes repeated backups. Also, the cracks emit sulfur sewer odors, cockroaches, cause water damage, stained grout and tile separation.

To replace these cast iron drains in a 2,000 square foot house by excavation typically takes 2 months and costs $50,000-$60,000 in the South Florida area. Many new homeowners get this information soon after closing, sometimes after remodeling the entire interior of the home!

The Solution – Sewer Scope / Pipe Video Inspections

Sewer Drain Pipe Video InspectionWe use the most advanced color video inspection cameras to record the condition of all the drains under the slab. We provide the uploaded video recordings plus a written report of the findings and an estimated cost to repair the drains without excavation through the floors! This information is frequently used for pending real estate transactions so that the buyer and seller can adjust the sale price to account for the restoration cost of the underground sewer pipes. 

Most of the time, the video inspection is done from the roof vent stacks so access to the home is not required. It takes about 2 hours, and we provide the findings within 48 hours. 

Benefits Of Sewer Pipe Scoping / Video Inspections

  • The cause of the problem can be diagnosed scientifically
  • The extent of the problem can be determined
  • The location of the problem can be specified within 6″
  • Actual costs of repair and pipe replacement alternatives can be recommended
  • Pipe remaining lifespan can be gauged
  • Color video and report are provided so that customers can obtain second opinions

Great Video Of Old Cast Iron Pipes and Trenchless Repair

About Trenchless Pipe Repair (Pipe Lining)

This 50-year warranty pipe lining stops backups permanently

The modern alternative to excavation for pipe replacement is “Cured-In-Place-Pipe” (C.I.P.P). The inside of the pipe is re-lined with a load-bearing new inner sleeve, that has a 50-year transferable warranty and does not need the old pipe for support! This technology was invented in 1998, and we rehabilitate around 600 homes a year!

For a 2,000 square foot house it takes 4 days and costs around $18,000 (not $60,000 as for excavation). Work is done while the property is occupied, and the plumbing can be used most of the time.

For details about this process, see C.I.P.P.

We Provide A “Not-To-Be-Exceeded” Trenchless Pipe Repair Quote

If the previously unknown expense of sewer pipe replacement is jeopardizing the sale of a property, we will provide an immediate firm quote for trenchless pipe replacement based on the square footage of the property. If there is more sewer pipe underground than we estimated, we’ll rehabilitate the additional pipe at our expense. But if there is less pipe than we estimated in the quote, we’ll discount the job based on our regular pipe lining cost per foot.

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